Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago, federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.
Now, in Vampire Moon, sequel to Moon Dance, private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband—all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice—her own brand of justice.
Blood money: listen to more in the Vampire for Hire series.
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I am enjoying the continued character development in this series. Since the books are shorter than some, there is a lot of room for more discoveries. It is nice for Samantha to find others to lean on and share her woes with as her family life alters, rearranges and adapts to her vampiric life. I appreciate the fact that there is some explanation to vampire legend as it explores what is truth and what is "myth." I also like the fact that the author gives us a slightly new take on vampires, as this author has determined. A fresh outlook is often welcome. The book sort of leaves us hanging at the end so we can look forward to the next book giving us more focus on that. Dina Pearlman "is" the voice of Samantha Moon. I hope that all future books are read by her. She does an outstanding performance and, I think, gives it just the right touch.
I am so engrossed in this series only after ready books 1 and 2 I HAVE to read the rest!
Moondance meeting Fang
The way she changes her voice
this book drew me in and I couldn't wait to get to the end to see who she was meeting
that sam was finally going to meet fang
yes when she punched her ex husbands girlfriend in the facee and she got her kids back
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I liked it as much as the first book in the series... or, wait... perhaps a bit more. I think there was a bit less of Sam 'musing on the state of vampirism' in this story, but her character was developed without being a repeat of book one.
The thread of story dealing with Sam's ex-husband was well done - very frustrating and before the end of the book, you'll want to smack Danny too. Is the whole thing believable? Sure, for the most part. Sam wants to maintain a normal life even though she is not normal any more, and she does a good job of balancing being a vampire, having to work for a living, and trying to stay in contact with her children.
The story is short. It's not sold as a short story, but it probably could be (or, - dare I? - should be) packaged with book 1 and book 3 and sold as one, nearly complete, story. There was a bigger 'cliffhanger' in this book than in book one, but it wasn't as obnoxious a cliffhanger as some other books I've read (i.e. you probably will not feel ripped off at the end, even though you might want to read the next to find out who Fang turns out to be).
The narration is good, as good, or better than the first novel as the narrator seems to have settled into Sam's character now.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
The overall story was good and kept me interested and wanting to know what was going to happen. The characters are developed and make me care what happens in their lives. The writing is somewhat uneven, sometimes well done and other times rather bland and clichéd. The narration seems to match the writing often times trying to sound noir but not really pulling it off. Other times it really brings out the emotion of the story or the feelings of the character. I'd be interested in hearing something else by Dina Pearlman to see what she's able to do with stronger material. In the end I'm still looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
This series is good. I read the first one and listened to the second one. I am looking forward to the third one. It is a dark series. Makes you think.
Samantha-The main character. What she struggles with.
I enjoyed her as a narrator. Very clear and concise
There is a new book in her series. I hope there is more after the third.
I listened to the entire series in hopes that the author would develop the characters, world and story better, since I found the concept of a Vampire in a domestic setting intriguing. Although the series continues to keep some interesting concepts, the story doesn't get better or worst.
The author continues to make the same mistakes throughout the entire series. The mystery is very predictable. Samantha doesn't act as a mother in many situations or like a former federal agent, or even like a regular woman, and keeps making poor decisions that could easily expose her "secret" vampirism to strangers. Also all other characters in the series are kept one dimensional.
For some reason the author also seems to be going with the "extraordinary and most powerful" route for Samantha's character. She is now developing all kinds of psychic abilities that allow her to "know" everything by touching objects, talking to ghosts, listening to her "inner alarm" or by communicating with old spirit, etc. These abilities apparently are not developed by all vampires. Although it is somewhat interesting to have a psychic vampire, at the same time its also very anticlimactic and convenient to have her find out everything so easily.
I suspect that many of the issues I find with this series are related to the shortness of each book. I have no idea why the author creates such short stories but by doing so he really hampers the character development and the flow of the story.
Nonetheless the series is somewhat interesting and the author has a different concept going (psychic vampire investigator and mother of two kids). This series may not win any awards but its still mildly entertaining.
To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
Samantha Moon...what a vamp... this one was... better than the first ...made me crave the next. Dina Pearlman does a wonderful job.
Reading with no hands!
In this second installment in the Samantha Moon Vampire for Hire series we see more of the PI and woman to add to the dimensions we've experienced of the mother and vampire.
At this point her code of honor is more visible and we are privy to her internal motivations which aren't always benign. She is growing into a full character and her conscience is evident.
This story has her fighting crime concurrent to solving a mystery. It's now evident that she knows more about her kind and other immortals. She shares candidly without the fear of judgement as she considers the outcomes worthy of the questionable actions that precede them.
Dina Pearlman gives a good vocal performance and achieves identifiable diversity with new characters while cementing those from the first Moon tale.
The story, acting and total package are worthy of four stars and a future purchase of the next installment.
Another great entry in the series. The same sarcastic heroine, but with a lot more action. This book goes more thoroughly into how Sam became a vampire and also sees her give in more to the dark side of her powers. She becomes a literal bat girl as she fights a crime syndicate and helps protect a woman from her murderous exhusband. Meanwhile, her personal relationships are also going through extreme ups and downs as she deals with her own dissolving marriage that has turned extremely nasty and two possible lovers with mysterious connections to the paranormal. Warning: while almost all storylines are finished, story ends on a major cliffhanger regarding one love interest. Be prepared to buy the next book immediately!
The narrator was good, but I had to take a star off since I noticed several short sections where the narration appeared to have been cut and pasted with someone else's voice. Not major, but it was noticible to me.
Don't know I have never read the papaer version
Perhaps Darkness Haunts by Susan Illene. It's an emotional story, lots of inner anks and well rounded characters
I feel she demonstrates the inner feelings and character of Sam Moon so well.
I did and it is short enough
I loved the way she fought for her family and the feelings involving the son are, I am sure, ones I could have felt myself. It is possible to see her abilities grow with each book. Not too many detailed fight scenes, which I hate, and the sex is not overly graphic which is something I can find difficult to read.
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